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Help: Classical on Sputnik

I'm sure anyone on this site interested in classical music knows that our database and our way of cataloging releases doesn't do the classical repertoire justice. It surely doesn't hold a candle to RYM's at least. Compositions are listed as "albums", character limits restrict the number of performers we can include on a band page, and there's no way of easily sifting through the discography of a particular ensemble. Basically, it's a mess, and should be sorted out. I have a handful of ideas as to how classical releases (~actual~ releases, not compositions) can be added in a way so they don't clutter the DB and make it next to impossible to navigate them, but the user base's input is important if we're to have guidelines that work.
1Arditti String Quartet
Arnold Schoenberg 2: Streichquartette I-IV


Band pages will be added under the name of the ensemble(s) performing, but excluding the conductor's name to reduce clutter. This is due to the fact that ensembles typically feature multiple conductor's throughout their discogs (BBC Philharmonic, for example, has had dozens - we don't need a different page for each one). The conductor's name can be included in brackets on the album title, ie. "RIAS Kammerchor / Akademie fuer Alte Musik Berlin - Johannes Passion [Jacobs]"
2Arvo Part
Tabula Rasa


If more than two ensembles perform on the same release - as is the case on The Ligeti Projects and Matrix 5, for example - it should probably just be listed under the composer's band page to reduce confusion, otherwise the names simply won't fit and it would also be very difficult to find. I mean, there's no way of cataloging this accurately, otherwise: http://tinyurl.com/nrervvo
3Evgeni Koroliov
Die Kunst Der Fuge


Individual performers are a little trickier when they perform in groups. I mean, there's no problem having a page for Koroliov, for Glenn Gould, for Steven Osborne etc. but something like this http://tinyurl.com/zfckybm presents a bit of a problem. Sputnik has a 60 character limit on band pages, and 50 for album pages. The best course of action is probably just to include their last names, and if you run out of space, just put some ellipses at the end.
4RIAS Kammerchor / Akademie fuer Alte Musik Berlin
Mass in B minor BWV 232


Of course, individuals are credited even when they perform with an ensemble. For example, Dawn Upshaw performed on the Arditti release above, but once again, for the sake of reducing clutter and duplicate pages, I think including her name in brackets on the album title is a better way of going about it. Concertos might be a little different, due to the pianist/violinist/whatever being the "star" of the release, as is the case on Ashkenazy's rendition of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concertos with the LSO, for example. I'll leave this one up to you guys but it wouldn't seem ~right~ to omit his name to me, but oh well.
5Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125


As for existing band pages, well, they're gonna have to stay. There's 10 years worth of ratings, comments and reviews for these "albums" which we prob shouldn't get rid of. This way, the users can have the freedom to rate as they wish - composition or interpretation - but once again, it's up to you guys.
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